Driving License

Driving License

Foreigners can legally drive in China with a Chinese Driver License by passing the Traffic Law and Regulation Test.

The legal Chinese Driver License is issued by Public Security Bureau (Traffic Authority), you can see your driver license records in the traffic police department of any city in mainland China, you can use it to drive in any city around China, you can change the driver license address to any new city in China where you move to, but sometimes it is up to the department rules of the city that you move to.

For the official driver license you can drive either automatic or manual transmition cars below 9 seats. The Chinese driving license is valid for six years, and can be renewed it every six years without any test.

Required Documents:

o Residence Permit

o 1 Copy of the Passport Page (The Photo Page)

o 1 Copy of the valid Chinese Visa

o 1 Copy of the latest Entry Stamp in your Passport

o 1 Copy of both Sides of Overseas Driving License (front and back page)

o 8 pieces of one inch color pictures with white background, ears must be shown.

o Your Chinese name

o Medical Check-Up Report (You also can do this in those 5 administration offices listed below)


o Get your foreign driver's license translated into Chinese by an authorized translation service before visiting the Administration (if you have one, the price might vary) o Make sure you have all necessary documents (including passport, foreign driver's license, license translation, temporary residence permit, work permit, and copies of everything)


o Upon Arrival, get your photographs taken (the price might vary). You won't be able to use your own photographs, as these special photos come printed with your name and ID number. There're also photocopying services there if you need.

o You will have to take a simple health check complete with hearing and vision test and a health form to fill out.

o When the health check is done and stamped, you will then proceed to re-check your documents.

o You will schedule your computer-based test date. You'll be given a slip of paper with your name, test date, and test time.

o On your test date/time, if you pass, you will be directed to a slew of windows where you will fill out some documents, pay some money, and eventually get your license in about 10 minutes. If you fail, you can reschedule your test.

Tips: It's better for you to practice the written test before applying for the driving license. You need to get above 90 out of 100 in order to pass the test.

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